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US indicts seven Iranians over hacking banks, dam

US Attorney of the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice on March 24, 2016 in Washington, DCThe United States on Thursday unsealed computer hacking charges against seven Iranians working for firms linked to the Iranian government, accusing them of hacking dozens of American banks and the controls of a major New York dam. The defendants were employed by computer security companies that performed work on behalf of Tehran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps, the indictment said. In what prosecutors called “a frightening new frontier for cybercrime,” one of the suspects was alleged to have repeatedly hacked into the system that controls the Bowman Dam in Rye, New York.

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